Shanti Life Using Loans to Empower Women

Shanti Life believes innovation is everywhere but empowerment isn’t; yet. Women and children, particularly in underprivileged areas of India, struggle to succeed and realise their dreams through innovation. Shanti Life India Foundation is a social initiative aiming to empower disadvantaged women. The organisation provides women with business mentoring, financial literacy training and low-interest financing, enabling […]

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Boy Encourages Locals to Go to the Doctor so They Don’t Suffer Like His Dad

12 year old Hridoy lives with his family in a small village in Bangladesh. He had to stop going to school when his father was ill and took on the responsibility of providing for the family. “We were happy with our family of four,” says Hridoy. “My father had a tea stall which was the only earning source […]

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Unity is strength when it comes to wild coffee farming in Ethiopia

Legend has it that coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia over a thousand years ago by a goatherd named Kaldi, whose goats drew him to the red berries. Whether this story is true or not, Ethiopia has maintained its strong links to coffee through the centuries – even the name ‘coffee’ derives from ‘Kaffa’, the Ethiopian […]

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Swimming could be the Solution to Childhood Obesity Crisis

Adam Peaty winning Team GB’s first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics could be a good sign.. New research suggests that Britain’s children are becoming increasingly sedentary. The survey found that a quarter of UK parents think their kids are not doing enough exercise (26%) while 4 in 10 believe their children do less physical […]

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Dementia Dogs Project Grows to Support Scotland’s Ageing Population

Ken Will has dementia and lives with his wife Glenys in Angus. They had been married for 45 years when Ken received his diagnosis and the impact of the condition became increasingly challenging for both of them over time. Then they heard about the Dementia Dogs pilot and decided to get involved. They welcomed Kaspa […]

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Some you lose, some you donate

To lose some extra pounds is a goal for many of us, but have you ever thought that it might benefit other people as well? Slimming World joined Cancer Research UK in a common charity project called ‘The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw‘in May where they encouraged their members to donate clothes that no longer […]

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Mushrooms helps Tanzanian farmers protect forest

Magdalena Gwasuma ducks carefully into a small, dark cage at the back of her house, where rows of fresh oyster mushrooms sit on wooden shelves. “I didn’t know anything about growing mushrooms at home – we used to get them from the forest,” the 60-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “I didn’t know growing mushrooms […]

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Our Baby Received Life-Saving Heart Surgery

“Eckersley House was like a haven, away from the hustle and bustle of the hospital and the beeping machines but close enough for us to go straight back if needed.” On 22 November 2014, our baby girl Amelia made her dramatic entrance into our world. I had started to suffer with pre-eclampsia earlier that week […]

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Drop In helps lonely young people over summer holidays in Newcastle

Live in Newcastle and not sure what to do during the long summer break? This could be just what you are looking for! A drop in for young people in Newcastle has a packed summer programme to try and help eliminate loneliness and boredom over the summer holidays. The West End Youth Enquiry Service (WEYES) […]

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Commuters Come Together to Help Refugee Family in Canada

Valerie Taylor was travelling home on a particularly hot day in Toronto when she spotted a lost looking family in the middle of Toronto’s busiest train station, Union station. Little did Valerie know, she would be one of nearly 50 people to help the family, on a commute that would become more than memorable… The […]

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